Google Chrome, the most popular web browser in the U.S., lets you save passwords for websites, so that every time you want to visit Facebook, Tumblr or any other password-secure page, you don’t have to type them out again. But as one software developer discovered on Tuesday, that convenience comes at a cost.
Whenever someone uses your computer and opens Chrome, he or she has complete access to all your saved passwords with a few clicks of the mouse. Elliott Kember, a developer at design and development studio Riot, first pointed out the lax security on Chrome in a blog post on Tuesday.
To get a sense of how open your passwords are in Chrome, copy and paste “chrome://settings/passwords” into Chrome and hit “Enter,” to see Chrome’s page for managing passwords.
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